Emprex DVDRW 1016IM DVD Writer

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Emprex DVDRW 1016IM

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$75 6.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I've been using Ritek 8X DVD-R all along. But I record at 4X, same as on my Pioneer burner, for better reliability. I haven't had any problems doing that. I have a problem that it doesn't want to read as fast as it should (as though DMA were not enabled, but it is), but I suspect that is a software problem.

Comments posted by C53248 from United States, December 30, 2007. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

It was an okay burner in the begining. Didn't have a whole lot of coasters. The dvds I did make weren't very compatible with dvd players. After about six months the burner started not reconizing any dvd media. I kept on having to open and close the drive (2-6times)everytime I wanted to put any kind of dvd media in the drive, blank or not, just to get the drive to recognize that there was anything in there. I have been overall unimpressed with this DVD burner and don't highly recommend it. Now anything I do try and burn is a coaster with it.

Comments posted by Karsten from United States, March 05, 2007. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

I haven't had a single compatibility problem, and the drive operates as quickly as advertised. Hasn't had a problem with any media I use.

Comments posted by Erik from United States, December 12, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Tried several types of media: DVD-r, +r, TDK, HP, Imation, 16x, 8x. A bunch of coasters, some successful but incompatible in most DVD players. A big waste of my time and money. Do your self a favor if you plan to buy this, spend an extra $20 for a name brand burner. You will save money in the end. It is a big piece of junk.

Comments posted by Drop Audio-Video from United States, December 01, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

eats DVD and CD RW disks. Properly recognized first, first write fails, will not recognize the disk properly again. Tried two different drives (orig and repla) same problem. Writes +/-R media fine. JUNK. They should recall it. Service now claims burner will not work on mac. BS, the problem is with the drive.

Comments posted by burro from United States, November 10, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Replaced Apple's DVD-ROM in eMac with this. DVD-r QC media no problem so far. Extremely unreliable with CD-R and CD-RW media. Firmware A082, unable to upgrade on Mac.

Comments posted by Jerzy Giergiel from United States, October 17, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

So far, so good. Just got this at frys for 39.99 (San Diego). Price just keeps dropping, wonder why? Mixed results from others, it looks like. With me, probs at first, kept getting "power calibration" errors using fujifilm 8x while trying to burn at 8x speed using Nero 6.3.1. Live Update had one glitch at first (stopped downloading) then second try no probs; was able to update to latest firmware. No coasters on any attempted burn (even the errors), just stoppage. Once I reduced the speed to 4x, worked fine. CD burning all speeds read/write no problems. Still a bit wary though, have 27 more days to bring back. Going to try Sony 16x and unpgrade Nero, see how it goes. All DVD burning since (Data and Vid) has gone fine. I'll update ya all.

Comments posted by Dan from United States, August 14, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I bought this last night at Fry's also for $47.49, I thought WOW what a great deal, when installed nothing happens, green light goes on and that's all, cpu doesn't even recognize it, even more it stops recognizing my lite on cd-rw drive at the same time, I can't get it to install to even run the firmware, the cd tray won't even open,Anyone know what gives?? Thanks!!

Comments posted by Humanmetal from United States, June 01, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

I am very impressed with this DVD burner. This is the 1st DVD burner I got and the first movie I burned was perfect. I burned it at 16x no problem in about 7 minutes. So far, the quality of the movies are great and the speed is great and the burner runs perfect.

Comments posted by icemanxlb from United States, May 26, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

can anyone tell me if the new firmware a082 is bitsetting as i need to know for my old dvd player to play the disks?

Comments posted by michael from United Kingdom, April 30, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

This is my very first DVDRW drive, and tbh i was impressed to start off with. i didnt use it very often but when i did, it gave me good movies. This was until the unexpected happened.... coasters :(. coaster after coaster after coaster, i didnt know wat i was doing wrong, i was using different media, still the coasters kept coming. i went through at least 20 coasters before i figured out what was wrong and its so simple. Most DVD writing software sets the DVDRW to burn at the max speed (in this case its 16x) but i lowered the burn speed to 4x and viola no more coasters. so for all those ones who get coasters, give this a try and tell me if it works for you too. i have nnot tried to brun at 8x yet so am unable to comment on that.

good luck.


Comments posted by Alan from United Kingdom, April 29, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

this is my 2nd Emprex burner, my first being the 1008IM 8x.
like everyone else almost, i got this at Fry's also.
when i first installed it, it was doing just fine. then after 5 or so dvds, i got the "Power Calibration Error" in Nero 6.
the next day, i exchange it for another one to see if that was the problem. when i set it up, it works fine. the next day, later that day, i buy Dual Layer DVDs to test out the DL burning capability, and that checks out fine. but after that, i got the "Power Calibration Error" again, even for normal DVDs. then all of a sudden, a couple hours later, i try to burn again, and it decides to work. so i don't know how to rate this thing just yet.

Comments posted by mrhomiec from United States, March 15, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.


Comments posted by cnrke from United Kingdom, March 01, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

POS staples junk, pulled my 8x nec & installed this JUNK, first the door opens with a hump in it, not smooth in one motion.. second my first burn 4 x with media my nec burns at 8x & never a coaster..i get a nice cold drink coaster & the BTC gets pulled, also a gentle toss "on a carpeted floor of course" going back to staples = junk

Comments posted by r33p3r from United States, February 25, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

BTW, i forgot a rating...

Comments posted by David from United States, February 17, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

This is my 2nd Emprex drive and I must say I am impressed. I bought the original 4x DVD+-R burner for $90 and it still works fantastically. This drive I bought for my new system for $45. It burns very fast and works perfectly with the Fuji and Compusa media I've been using. It comes with Nero Express, Cyberlink PowerDVD, and another program for authoring dvds (I can't remember and I didn't need the program, and I'm too lazy to go looking for it...). On the older burner, I had one problem: the burner would not work slaved to the hard drive, so I had to rewire everything to work.

Comments posted by David from United States, February 16, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

i just burnt my first 16x on this drive, using memorex(phillips media code) full disc at 5 mins 58 seconds

didnt have the best pi/pif scan tho, but thats expected with this drive at 16x i have read, now to get hands on a differnt 16x media code :)

firmware a076

Comments posted by koolaidwa from United States, February 02, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

I upgraded from the 4x burner to this 8x burner and have had nothing but success. Between the 2 Emprex burners I have burned ~200 DVD-R's that all play in my Toshiba standalone DVD player, my PS2 and my computers DVD drive. I have made a few coasters along the way due to some of the new DVD's that Shrink has encountered errors with, but that has nothing to do with the burner. I paid ~$45 at Frys for this burner and I am very happy with my purchase.

Comments posted by Tony from United States, February 01, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

guys i got this writer....i have problems when writitng with nero and clone dvd2....after the burn they dont play after the 80%...any suggestions??could it be compatibillity with the programs??please help!!thanks

Comments posted by romas9 from Greece, January 21, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

works fine for me, good burn everytime

burns even on cheap media

this is my 4th dvd burner, second btc (other one is the microadvantage 8x)

so far so good, put maybe 40 burns so far and got it for 49 bucks new at frys

Comments posted by koolaidwa from United States, January 10, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Spent the whole morning trying to figure out why my Emprex is only producing coasters. Upgraded the firmware, tried Nero and Pinnacle InstantDVD and both crash out after anything between 10-50% of the burn with three different media. I'll give it one more try and then it's going back to the shop!


Comments posted by Matt P from United Kingdom, January 08, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

I was the first to post about this writer back in October, finally (after trying even the impossible) I've thrown this POS in the garbage and got a Sony DRU 510A
Guess what? No problems even with cheap media.
Looking back I wasted time and money and got so much frustration , but i learnt a lesson . Stay away from shite brands and anything which is new on the market until proven reliable .
Took almost 3 months but I am finally able to do put my writer to full use without worrying or hoping for the best.
Emprex , never again

Comments posted by jeff from United Kingdom, January 04, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

This is my second Emprex burner. I upgraded from the 4X model. Both burners are excellent and the 1016IM burns everything I put in it. I have yet to try the Double Layer media, but based on the performance so far, I suspect that it will work just as well. The Liveupdate for firmware is great and shows that the company is dedicated to making sure they have a good product.

Comments posted by Marcel from United States, January 04, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

This is a cheap review. result: thumbs up.

I shop at Fry's Electronics, and always buy whatever's cheap and/or
refurbished, that passes a in-aisle sniff test.

I just started using DVD's and here's my report.

Things went pretty well.

Summary: I like the cheap Everex 1016IM 16x so far. paid $47.49
for a return.

Using firmware version A07M with it.

LiveUpdate from http://www.drvupdate.com works well.
I also used it to update a LiteOn CDROM drive, so it appears
that site is being used for more than Everex. (maybe all BTC/LiteOn stuff?
It tells you what it finds). I notice it also checks my firmware
for my Emprex/BTC IDE5232 CD writer. (all my drives seem to come
from the same city in china, reading the back labels :)

LiveUpdate HEADS UP for Windows XP SP2 users:
If you're running XP2, you'll have a problem if you have the Windows
Firewall enabled. Disable it, or put the C:\Program Files\LiveUpdate\LiveUpdate.exe
in as an exception.
Otherwise you'll hang during the driver download, with no explanation.

PC system:
XP Pro SP2
Athlon 1500
Gigabyte 7VTXE+ mbd.
512Mbyte DDR (133/266)

DVD players used for test
-Toshiba SD-3960
-Toshiba SD-V392 (combo vhs + dvd)
-Playstation 2

DVD rom drives used for test
-BTC BDV316E 16X

DVD media used for test
-One 50 pack of Great Quality (GQ) CD-R.
These seemed fresh. (and cheap: $29).
Dye says TYG02
But I believe they are manufactured by Lead Data, based
on an ad at Outpost.
Interestingly, these had a 12x overspeed defined in the media.
Nero would always use the overspeed (12x). couldn't get it
to burn slower. (Imgtool and TMPGEnc would).

-One 50 pack of Great Quality (GQ) CD+R. These
seemed like they had been on the shelf for a while.
Marked down from higher priced sticker. (Only $19).
Dye says Sony D11
These DVD's only had a max 8x write speed defined in the media

DVD video used for test.
-capture of MST3K 819 episode. 1.9 Gbytes. (ISO'ed it so
same data used for all burns)

Software used for burns
-Nero (used Burning Rom directly or indirectly thru their wizards)
It seems like Nero always uses the highest speed from the media.
Even if I tell it to use a lower write speed, when I check the File, Compilation
properties, it's always gone back to the high speed it likes. This seems
like a bug in Nero.
-Imgtool Burn / Ver 1.1.6 (AQI Build Sep 27 2004
This uses Nero, but when you say to burn at lower
speed, it really does it.
-TMPGEnc DVD Author Ver
This has a nice write tool, but apparently you can only
access it as the last step in authoring. They don't
seem to let you jump to using it with an ISO.
But it does let you control the write speed.
Apparenly uses "Prassi" as the underlying software
for the write? Did TMPGEnc get their writer from Prassi?

Software used to read media data
-DVDINFO pro V3.48


Burning software didn't seem to matter. I played around with 3 above,
and results seemed to be the same.

The PS/2 could read anything. (4/8/12X DVD-R and 8X DVD+R)
The DVD-ROM drive could read anything burnt.(4/8/12X DVD-R and 8X DVD+R)
The Toshiba SD-V392 could read anything. (4/8/12X DVD-R and 8X DVD+R)
The Toshiba SD-3960 was problematic. 8X DVD+R worked, but only 4x DVD-R
worked (wouldn't load others DVD-R 8X/12X).
Remember, different dye though on the DVD-R and DVD+R, even though both
Great Quality.

Did some DVD and CD reads using the Everex. Surprised by how quiet it is.

The quiet registered because:
Thought I almost destroyed it when I put a DVD in from the top
of the cake stack, with the top layer plastic protector still on the DVD.
Drive made awful grinding noises and power faulted. When I realized
the problem, saw that it had "sanded" a circle in the middle of the plastic.
Removed it, and everything fine though. Good robustness test I guess.

Funny, because I wasn't sure if the grinding might be normal, or whether
I was going to have to return it, till I took the DVD out and noticed
it creaked.

I seem to be able to buy cheap DVD's at Fry's and burn at up to 12x.
For the DVD-R's, I had to burn at 4x to work in one of the Toshiba players.

I've not tried any DVD+-RW or any dual layer, although it's supported.
Also says it can do 16x write, but haven't tried.
Haven't written a CD.

Anyone having problems: I would recommend burning at 4x first
Make sure you have software that will accept your 4x downgrade.
Nero doesn't seem to. (unless you use Imgtool Burn).


Comments posted by snowmman from United States, January 01, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Bought at Fry's for 59.99. Updated to new firmware from A179 to A17J.
The updated firmware didn't seem to help my 8X disks burn any faster. Everything seems to be fine. I burned with:
Sony DVD-R 8X (media code SONY08D1)
Sony DVD+R 8x (media code Yuden000T02)
Fuji DVD+R 8X (media code Yuden000T02)
Maxell DVD-R 4X (media code Ritek G04)
Memorex DVD+R 4X (media code RICOHJPN)

Everything plays on my Landel 268 DVD player, all the -R's and +R's.

On my Terapin 2600 DVD Player it only seems to play the -R's burned with the Emprex burner and not the +R's. The Terapin plays my +R's that I burned with the NEC 2500a. My Computer DVD player (Liteon 163), plays all the Emprex burned -R's and +R's. For some reason, the Terapin is picky about the +R's burned with the 1016IM. I believe it's not an Emprex problem since the other players play all the disks.

Comments posted by eskwared from United States, December 24, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested

Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes

DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.

Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)

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